Earn College Credit In High School

Earn College Credit In High School

Next  year Da Vinci will introduce Dual Credit courses for all eleventh and twelfth graders. The students will be scheduled to  take online courses and receive both high school and college credit. Many of  these courses are required by different undergraduate degree plans in order to receive a Baccalaureate.  Now our Da Vinci  students will be able to take these courses and earn these credits while in  high school.  These credits are transferrable  to colleges across the country.

This  program allows students to experience the rigor of college coursework while  still having the support and encouragement from their high school teachers who  know them and will give them the attention and time to help them succeed.  Furthermore, the courses taken this Fall are free. Thus, parents save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in  college tuition by encouraging their youngsters to take these courses now.

In  order to be eligible to take these courses, students had to perform at a  certain level on the TAKS; otherwise they must take an exam.  Since we are offering credits through the  University of Texas at Permian Basin, we need for our students in grades 11 and  12 to take the COMPASS exam on August 24th. To ensure that all  students attempting this test pass, free tutoring will be provided the week of  August 20th . Please carefully read all notices about this program  and encourage your student to participate in both the tutoring and the test.  There is no fee.

The Garden Project

The Garden Project

On April 13th, 2013 students, teachers, parents and community members from all over the El Paso area came together to learn and celebrate healthy eating.

Our Child Nutrition Department got rave reviews from participates in our Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Breakfast Tasting. Students from all three of our campuses shared what they have learned about starting and maintaining gardens in El Paso.

El Paso Summer Music Festival to bring Popular NPR Show

El Paso Summer Music Festival to bring Popular NPR Show From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley to El Paso, Texas on June 1.

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on KTEP 88.5 comes to the Plaza Theatre to tape a radio broadcast on June 1 at 7:30 PM. The popular NPR program hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. This episode will be presented by the El Paso Summer Music Festival.

The show will feature 16-year-old violinist Wesley Yu, a local student at Coronado High School, performing the Polonaise Brilliant No. 1 in D Major, Op. 4, by Henryk Wieniawski. Wesley studies is an outreach performer for the El Paso Summer Music Festival and in 2010, he was the Grand Prize-winner of the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s Young Musician’s Competition. Outside of music, Wesley enjoys driving and learning about cars.

Also featured on the show will be 13-year-old clarinetist Andrew Moses from Culver City, California, and 17-year-old organist David von Behren from Falls City, Nebraska. Andrew and David are recipients of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, a scholarship for exceptional young musicians with financial need. Recipients are awarded up to $10,000 to help offset the often-prohibitively expensive costs of studying classical music at a high level. Also performing will be 10-year-old harpist Lucy Sotak from Arvada, Colorado. Lucy is the 2011 Winner of the Junior Division of the American Harp Society National Competition.

More performer and repertoire information to be announced.

Tickets available through the Plaza Theatre and Ticketmaster. For information, call 915.449.0619 or visit www.epsmf.org. From the Top may be heard locally on KTEP 88.5 on Sundays at noon; this episode will air nationally the week of June 17.

What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. Broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top has been described by the Boston Globe as, “an entertaining, accessible, and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits, and games, the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives.”

Annually, From the Top’s live tapings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the United States. In conjunction with its national tour, through From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, the Boston-based non-profit offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students. In addition, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award $10,000 scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1.6 million in support for pre-college students since 2005. From the Top launched its Emmy Award winning PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall in 2007.

From the Top is an independent non-profit organization headquartered in Boston that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people: unleashing the potential of young musicians as leaders in the arts; trumpeting the role of music to impact and enrich lives; and inspiring and building new audiences with a deeper appreciation for classical music.

From the Top’s radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and corporate underwriting from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations. From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH. Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.

The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland. www.epsmf.org info: 915-449-0619

El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

Physical Education is the heart of education

Physical Education is the heart of education

We take great pride in teaching age appropriate games and activities incorporating the TEKS into every lesson. One of our goals is to give students the opportunity to play in a learning environment providing daily quality physical education.The students are playing a game they invented using scoops, cones, and a whiffle ball.

 

UTEP Women’s Basketball Players visits Da Vinci

UTEP Women’s Basketball Players visits Da Vinci

Kelly Willingham and Chrishauna Parker participated in physical education class at Da Vinci.

Kelly Willingham and Chrishauna Parker are starting guards for the UTEP Women’s basketball program.

They signed autographs and played some volleyball and basketball with our students.

Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts in El Paso has a BRAND NEW trophy

Da Vinci School for Science & the Arts in El Paso has a BRAND NEW trophy!

The Da Vinci Lego Dragons led by English Teacher, Lee Ann Peacock, is composed of 6th through 8th graders. They competed against 30 other teams and brought home the “1st place Presentation” trophy on February 16th from FIRST Lego League Texas – West Region Championship! Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts is a Distinguished T-STEM Academy that extended its focus to Middle School students. Last year the Da Vinci Middle School Lego Team won second place for Robot Performance. With the support of their teachers, parents and administrators, the students made the commitment to dedicate many afterschool and Saturday hours in order to reach their goal: Number One!

Kite Day….Huge Success

Kite Day….Huge Success

It was a beautful   March day for flying kites.  Kites of different shapes and sizes were flown.  Some kites   were purchased and others were made   at school or at home.  We prepared a Kite Hospital to repair damaged or broken   kites. Everyone had a wonderful time.

 

 

El Paso Musicians and Artists will Host From the Top Performers at an Ice Cream Social

On May 31st, the four award winning musicians from across the country will join Da Vinci student musicians and artists for an Ice Cream Social. Organizers of the NPR show determined that an informal event, first introduced by Da Vinci several years ago when From the Top came to El Paso, was a great way for the guest musicians to relax and enjoy the community before preparing for their performance on Saturday, June 1st.

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on KTEP 88.5 comes to the Plaza Theatre to tape a radio broadcast on June 1 at 7:30 PM. The popular NPR program hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. This episode will be presented by the El Paso Summer Music Festival.

The show will feature 16-year-old violinist Wesley Yu, a local student at Coronado High School, performing the Polonaise Brilliant No. 1 in D Major, Op. 4, by Henryk Wieniawski. Wesley studies is an outreach performer for the El Paso Summer Music Festival and in 2010, he was the Grand Prize-winner of the El Paso Summer Music Festival’s Young Musician’s Competition. Outside of music, Wesley enjoys driving and learning about cars.

Also featured on the show will be 13-year-old clarinetist Andrew Moses from Culver City, California, and 17-year-old organist David von Behren from Falls City, Nebraska. Andrew and David are recipients of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, a scholarship for exceptional young musicians with financial need. Recipients are awarded up to $10,000 to help offset the often-prohibitively expensive costs of studying classical music at a high level. Also performing will be 10-year-old harpist Lucy Sotak from Arvada, Colorado. Lucy is the 2011 Winner of the Junior Division of the American Harp Society National Competition.

More performer and repertoire information to be announced.

Tickets available through the Plaza Theatre and Ticketmaster. For information, call 915.449.0619 or visit www.epsmf.org. From the Top may be heard locally on KTEP 88.5 on Sundays at noon; this episode will air nationally the week of June 17.

What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio. Broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top has been described by the Boston Globe as, “an entertaining, accessible, and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits, and games, the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives.”

Annually, From the Top’s live tapings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages across the United States. In conjunction with its national tour, through From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leaders, the Boston-based non-profit offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students. In addition, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award $10,000 scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1.6 million in support for pre-college students since 2005. From the Top launched its Emmy Award winning PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall in 2007.

From the Top is an independent non-profit organization headquartered in Boston that celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people: unleashing the potential of young musicians as leaders in the arts; trumpeting the role of music to impact and enrich lives; and inspiring and building new audiences with a deeper appreciation for classical music.

From the Top’s radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and corporate underwriting from U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and institutions as well as public radio stations. From the Top’s founding partners are New England Conservatory and WGBH. Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.

The El Paso Summer Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality classical music during the summer months. The organization has a growing commitment to outreach to the youth of the Borderland. www.epsmf.org info: 915-449-0619

El Paso Summer Music Festival events are made possible with the support of the El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation.

Da Vinci High School Indoor Soccer

Da Vinci High School Indoor Soccer

Congratulations to all Da Vinci High School indoor soccer players on their second win of the season. Boys beat Premier Phanters 7 to 1 a city team from El Paso de Norte League. Also Da Vinci Middle School boys had a tough game against Premier Phanters. The boys lost a close over time game 4 to 3. They played tough but we were short, Congratulations to them for their efforts.

Coach Lopez P.E. Department

Back Row: Roger Loya, Alec Miramontes, Rodrigo Correa, Gabino
Pacheco, Sean Robinson, Adolfo Gonzalez Front Row: Esteban Dominguez, Martin Burboa

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Da Vinci School Recognizes Community Friends

Da Vinci School Recognizes Community Friends

In recognition of our Community Partners, Da Vinci Leadership, Teachers and Students hosted an Advisory Council Breakfast Meeting. Members of the El Paso community joined us to learn more about our mission and accomplishments. They then offered suggestions and resources to assist us in realizing and sustaining our efforts. Mr. Muguiro, Ms. Willis and Mr. Jacques were on hand to discuss the Student Council, the robotics competitions, and Internships. Students who participated in these activities demonstrated the FIRST robot, discussed the University of Alabama InSPIRESS competition, recounted the Summer FBI leadership training, as well as other opportunities afforded to them at Da Vinci.

Guests toured the campus and expressed their support of the Da Vinci Vision and Mission. We look forward to growing this Council and holding similar meetings throughout the year .